Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El rey del futbol

by Monica Brown

Other authorsRudy Gutierrez (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2008



Call number

921 Pel

Call number

921 Pel

Local notes

921 PEL


Rayo (2008), Edition: Bilingual, Hardcover, 40 pages


Do you know how a poor boy from Brazil who loved futbol more than anything else became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known? Turn the pages of this book to read the true life story of Pele, King of Soccer, the first man in the history of the sport to score a thousand goals and become a living legend.


Physical description

40 p.; 10 inches


006122779X / 9780061227790



User reviews

LibraryThing member hsollom
Personal Response:

The collages in the book are fantastic, and greatly enhance the story of Pele's rise to success and fame.

Curricular or Programming Connections:

Bilingual storytime

LibraryThing member kristenpittenger
I enjoyed learning about this soccer player who was the first to make 1000 goals. The structure of the plot is unique in that it goes between past and present. I liked the artwork and the use of design in each of the pages which really convey movement. Overall this is a great book!
LibraryThing member sarahwarner329
I believe this book is a good biographical text about Pele’, the famous soccer player, for two reasons. First, I liked that this story is bilingual. Each page has English text along with the Spanish translation. This is good because it allows both Spanish and English speakers to enjoy the book and become familiarized with the other language. Next, the way in which Pele’s life story is told creates a very inspirational story for readers. Because Pele’ was born into a poor family, he had to work very hard to become the person he is today thus, this gives an inspirational message about hard work and following dreams. Additionally, the author’s descriptive language allowed for this message to be portrayed clearly. Quotations such as “Pele’s family was very poor, he sometimes worked shining shoes and selling meat pies to support them,” and “at 15 Pele’ became the youngest player on the Santo soccer club team,” give insight about Pele’s life and how he overcame hardships. Overall, I believe this book was well written and created a positive message.… (more)
LibraryThing member kelleemorcomb
I liked this book for a couple of reasons. One reason was the illustrations. I liked how they had different textures that you could see and it wasn't just flat and on a piece of paper. Another thing that I liked about this book was the writing. I really enjoyed the descriptive words that the author used to write with, such as "magic feet" and "like a dancer". One final thing that I liked about this book was how there was Spanish in this book. Because it was a biography, it really tied the whole thing together. The big idea that I got from this book was that determination can get you anything that you want.… (more)
LibraryThing member Melina_Hiatt_Easter
This book would make a great paired text with The Crossover because it will appeal to ELL students. The bi-lingual English/Spanish book is a biography about Brazil's soccer star, Pele, and is written at a lower reading level. The Crossover and Pele, King of Soccer allow students to peek into the world of sports and the athletes that have a passion for the game. Students can also explore the relationship between fathers and sons in both novels.… (more)




(9 ratings; 3.8)
Page: 0.2559 seconds